Liverpool are ready to bid £15 million for Lyon winger Michel Bastos in January, according to 442.com.
The 28 year-old winger has been a key member of the Lyon team in the three years he has been at the club following, his €18 million move from Lille in 2009.
But Bastos has never hid his desire to move one of Europe’s major leagues and he may jump at the opportunity to move to the Premier League, if Liverpool come knocking.
The Brazilian international has been linked to many clubs across Europe over the last 12 months or so, with Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United among the teams rumoured to have been interested in signing him.
Bastos, who has been capped 10 times by Brazil and featured in every game at the 2010 World Cup, is also able to operate as a left-back, as he has done on every occasion he has played for Brazil, but he is a lot more dangerous as a winger.
Liverpool know that Lyon will be reluctant to sell one of their prized assets but they will test the French team’s resolve with an offer of £15 million, in an attempt to beat off renewed interest from Barcelona.
Liverpool know they are still a couple of players short of getting back into contention for a top-four finish and ultimately challenging for the title. Big money signings Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll have all failed to live up to expectations at Anfield thus far, which is why the Reds may dip back into the transfer market in January.
Lyon, however, will find it difficult to accept a deal that will see them make a loss on the player, but at 28, Bastos will know that this could be his final opportunity to test himself in arguably the best league in the world, the Premier League.